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Three NJ charities receive $1,000 donations based on Kearny Bank Sweepstakes

2/13/2018 Fairfield, NJ

Kearny Bank recently made $1,000 donations to three New Jersey-based charities, as the culmination of a recent sweepstakes featuring online submission of photos showing people clad in their ugliest sweaters.

“This sweepstakes was open to New Jersey residents, and was devised as a fun way to help several of our state’s deserving charitable organizations,” explains Eric Kesselman, 1st Vice President and Director of Marketing. “Participants simply posted their photos to Kearny Bank’s Facebook page, then tagged the charity they wanted to help. We selected three winners at random, and their prizes were financial support for organizations that are near-and-dear to their hearts.”

Winner Vanessa Coppes – co-founder of Entrepreneurial Think Tank for Women (ETT Women) – chose that organization to receive her donation. ETT Women’s mission is helping members connect and then network with like-minded women, with a goal of mutually supporting personal and professional growth.

Betty Garger, another winner, is CEO of Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, and chose that organization to receive her donation. The Girl Scouts emphasize helping girls experience new adventures, while forming lifelong friendships.

Winner Terry Givens asked that her donation be provided to Seer Farm. Since this charity provides care for animals during times of family crisis, Givens selected it based on its work helping pets displaced by Hurricane Sandy.

About Kearny Bank

Kearny Financial Corp. is the parent company of Kearny Bank, which operates from its administrative headquarters building in Fairfield, NJ. Kearny Bank has supported the communities it serves since 1884. The bank has assets of $4.8 billion and operates 42 full-service banking offices in northern and central New Jersey, and in Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York. Kearny Bank was recently named to Forbes’ list of the 50 Most Trustworthy Financial Companies.

Kearny Bank raises minimum wage

2/5/2018 Fairfield, NJ

Kearny Bank, announced today that it has raised its minimum wage to $15 per hour, effective immediately. Kearny made this decision to share the benefits of the recently signed federal tax reform bill that cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent with its employees.

“We are fortunate to have such a tremendously dedicated and talented staff at Kearny”, said Craig L. Montanaro, President and CEO of Kearny Bank. “Sharing this benefit is in keeping with our corporate culture which recognizes that our employees are a critical component to our success.”

About Kearny Bank

Kearny Financial Corp. is the parent company of Kearny Bank, which operates from its administrative headquarters building in Fairfield, NJ. Kearny Bank has supported the communities it serves since 1884. The bank has assets of $4.8 billion and operates 42 full-service banking offices in northern and central New Jersey, and in Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York. Kearny Bank was recently named to Forbes’ list of the 50 Most Trustworthy Financial Companies.

Daisies peek behind the scenes

Pictured here are a dozen members of Daisy Troop #300, along with Kearny Bank Assistant Vice President/Branch Manager Dawn Marcano (right) and Kearny Bank Assistant Branch Manager Jennifer Partyka.1/31/2018 Wood-Ridge, NJ

Girl Scout Daisy Troop #300 recently visited Kearny Bank’s Wood-Ridge office for a complete branch tour. The young ladies – most of whom are kindergarteners – even received a behind-the-scenes look at the bank safe and other areas that normally are off limits. The day concluded with each Daisy enjoying a snack and being presented with a goodie-bag on the way out.

“We host the local Daisy troop every year, and I’m always impressed by how fascinated the girls are about our business,” says Kearny Bank Assistant Vice President/Branch Manager Dawn Marcano. “They ask lots of questions; everyone always has a blast.”

About Kearny Bank

Kearny Financial Corp. is the parent company of Kearny Bank, which operates from its administrative headquarters building in Fairfield, NJ. Kearny Bank has supported the communities it serves since 1884. The bank has assets of $4.8 billion and operates 42 full-service banking offices in northern and central New Jersey, and in Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York. Kearny Bank was recently named to Forbes’ list of the 50 Most Trustworthy Financial Companies.

Lunch Break charitable organization receiving volunteer, financial support from Kearny Bank

Photo Caption: Veronica Ross, Kearny Bank 1st Vice President/Small Banker Team Leader (left) and Allison Wilson, Vice President/Small Business Banker.1/11/2018 Fairfield, NJ

Recognizing the serious challenge winter conditions pose for those without suitable food, clothing, or shelter, Kearny Bank recently sent a team of busy small business bankers to lend a hand at the Lunch Break charitable organization that serves Monmouth County, NJ and beyond.

Nine Kearny Bank Small Business Bankers spent time at Lunch Break’s Red Bank facility, helping local clients shop in the pantry area, unloading trucks, stocking shelves, folding donated clothes, and much more. Lunch Break provides hot meals, warm clothing, companionship, and life skills training to residents in and around Monmouth County, so extra hands – in the form of volunteers – are essential in ensuring that things run smoothly.

Regarding Kearny Bank’s support of Lunch Break, this volunteer effort followed up a donation of $10,000 made by the bank in early 2017.

“Lunch Break is a remarkable organization, in terms of what it does for so many residents of Red Bank and many other communities – so I’m delighted Kearny Bank provides financial support to help keep this operation going,” says Veronica Ross, 1st Vice President, who led Kearny Bank’s team of Small Business Banker volunteers. “When you have the experience of providing in-person help, of working with your hands, that’s another level of support. It was truly a humbling experience, and it reinforced for me what exceptional people my colleagues are.”

Founded in 1983, Lunch Break has a goal of breaking the cycle of poverty and guiding community members toward self-sufficiency and healthier, more productive lifestyles. In addition to its professional staff, the organization is aided by approximately 1,500 annual volunteers.

“One member of our volunteer team had completed his shift and saw there were still people in the dining hall waiting to get their meal,” Ross adds. “So, he just stayed and continued serving food. That’s not a big deal – but it does illustrate how quickly people can become invested in what Lunch Break does.”

Information for groups or individuals interested in supporting Lunch Break by volunteering and/or making a financial contribution is available by calling 732-747-8577 or visiting www.lunchbreak.org.

About Kearny Bank

Kearny Financial Corp. is the parent company of Kearny Bank, which operates from its administrative headquarters building in Fairfield, NJ. Kearny Bank has supported the communities it serves since 1884. The bank has assets of $4.8 billion and operates 42 full-service banking offices in northern and central New Jersey, and in Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York. Kearny Bank was recently named to Forbes’ list of the 50 Most Trustworthy Financial Companies.

Giving tree, giving back

Photo Caption (left to right): Forrest Elliott, “Vets Keep Warm” affiliate; Abdul Scott, SGT, U.S. Army; Christian Schley, SGT, U.S. Army; Anthony McCall, SGT, U.S. Army (on truck); Orlando Miranda, SFC, U.S. Army; Mary Tomat, Kearny Bank Customer Service/Teller; Dawn Marcano, Kearny Bank AVP/Branch Manager; and Vince Micco, Kearny Bank SVP/Director of Commercial Lending and CW2 Intelligence Officer, Army Reserve.12/20/2017 Wood-Ridge, NJ

Honoring the sacrifices of U.S. military personnel who’ve been medically discharged due to injuries, but are currently unable to enter the civilian workforce, Kearny Bank’s Wood-Ridge office initiated a holiday giving tree project, in conjunction with the “Keep Vets Warm” and “Boots Up” organizations. The program’s specific goal was collecting toys for the children of vets at the New Jersey Army National Guard’s Medical Management Unit, in Lawrenceville, so the youngsters have presents during the holiday season.

“Veterans have risked their lives for us, so this seemed a perfect opportunity to give back – at least in a small way,” explained Dawn Marcano, Assistant Vice President / Branch Manager at Kearny Bank’s Wood-Ridge office. “The project was tremendously rewarding; everyone was incredibly generous. I’d love for this to be something we do again in the future.”

In total, Kearny Bank customers and employees donated toys for 75 children in 55 different families. The gifts were collected by personnel from the National Guard, which presented the bank with a certificate of appreciation and a Challenge Coin.

About Kearny Bank

Kearny Financial Corp. is the parent company of Kearny Bank, which operates from its administrative headquarters building in Fairfield, NJ. Kearny Bank has supported the communities it serves since 1884. The bank has assets of $4.8 billion and operates 42 full-service banking offices in northern and central New Jersey, and in Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York. Kearny Bank was recently named to Forbes’ list of the 50 Most Trustworthy Financial Companies.

Kearny Bank raises more than $4,000 for Hurricane Relief Fund

Photo Caption (left to right): Craig Montanaro, Kearny Bank President and CEO; Jocelyn Gilman, Executive Director of the American Red Cross; Patricia Price, Human Resources Administrator of Kearny Bank; and Robert Peluso, Kearny Bank Vice President and Government Banking officer and former Red Cross Board member.12/19/2017 Fairfield, NJ

Kearny Bank employees participated in a recent, bank-wide fundraising initiative to benefit victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, both of which struck southern portions of the U.S. earlier this year. In total, employees donated more than $4,000 to the American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey.

Under the one-month initiative, Kearny Bank staff donated $5 to wear jeans to the office on Fridays. The program was established based on multiple offices expressing a strong desire to support those impacted by the two storms.

“The Red Cross is an exceptional organization, one we’re proud to support,” says Craig Montanaro, President and CEO of Kearny Bank. “Last year we provided a grant, and this year, our employees were eager to respond to a more direct crisis. Tragically, the 2017 hurricane season presented us with perfect opportunities.”

Hurricane Harvey hit Houston on August 17, causing 91 fatalities and almost $200 billion in damages. On August 30, Hurricane Irma struck Puerto Rico and then Florida, resulting in 134 deaths and more than $65 billion in damages.

About Kearny Bank

Kearny Financial Corp. is the parent company of Kearny Bank, which operates from its administrative headquarters building in Fairfield, NJ. Kearny Bank has supported the communities it serves since 1884. The bank has assets of $4.8 billion and operates 42 full-service banking offices in northern and central New Jersey, and in Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York. Kearny Bank was recently named to Forbes’ list of the 50 Most Trustworthy Financial Companies.

Helping our four-legged friends

Photo Caption:Pictured at Kearny Bank’s Caldwell Branch (from left) are Paula Trento, CSR/Teller; Rasheeda Kamar, AVP/Branch Manager; Shannon Gessler, PAWS volunteer; Gita Limbachiya, CSR/Teller; and Zamira Bardaku, Head Teller/CSR.11/20/2017 Caldwell, NJ

Kearny Bank’s Caldwell Branch recently coordinated a drive to collect pet supplies in support of Pound Animal Welfare Society of Montclair, Inc. (PAWS). Donated items include food, toys, and cleaning supplies.

PAWS is an animal rescue and sheltering group that has been serving Montclair and the surrounding communities for 40 years.

About Kearny Bank

Kearny Financial Corp. is the parent company of Kearny Bank, which operates from its administrative headquarters building in Fairfield, NJ. Kearny Bank has supported the communities it serves since 1884. The bank has assets of $4.8 billion and operates 42 full-service banking offices in northern and central New Jersey, and in Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York. Kearny Bank was recently named to Forbes’ list of the 50 Most Trustworthy Financial Companies.

Kearny Bank Ocean Grove Branch Has New Manager

Photo Caption: Brick resident Debi Jacobson has been named Kearny Bank Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of the bank’s Ocean Grove retail office.11/14/2017 Ocean Grove, NJ

Brick resident Debi Jacobson has been named Kearny Bank Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of the bank’s Ocean Grove retail office. In her role, Jacobson will focus on supervising daily activities, while overseeing sales, operations, and business development.

Jacobson brings 27 years of professional experience in banking, lending, and management to her new position. In addition to a long tenure with TD Bank in various leadership positions, she was also a branch manager for PNC and Shore Community banks.

“Debi has significant experience in our industry, and I welcome her taking on the responsibilities of managing one of our branch offices,” says Linda Hanlon, Senior Vice President and Director of Retail Banking. “From having led several other bank branches, to lending and customer service skills, she has a unique background that I’m confident will make her a tremendous success in her new role.”

The Kearny Bank Ocean Grove branch was formerly part of the Central Jersey Bank brand, and has consistently provided exceptional, full-service banking services both to individuals and merchants throughout Monmouth County. Jacobson has a varied educational background that includes the Wharton School of Business and Barton College.

About Kearny Bank

Kearny Financial Corp. is the parent company of Kearny Bank, which operates from its administrative headquarters building in Fairfield, NJ. Kearny Bank has supported the communities it serves since 1884. The bank has assets of $4.8 billion and operates 42 full-service banking offices in northern and central New Jersey, and in Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York. Kearny Bank was recently named to Forbes’ list of the 50 Most Trustworthy Financial Companies.

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